Despite the inclement weather, hundreds of youth, ages 0-12, received gifts on January 6th, 2015, in two locations in the greater Humboldt Park Community: in the gym at Roberto Clemente Academy and in the Field House of Humboldt Park. As the kids arrived, volunteers served them hot chocolate and cookies, donated by Clemente High School; and the Clemente School Steel Band delighted them with holiday music. A short program was held, starting at the Roberto Clemente’s gym, where Aldermen Roberto Maldonado, Ray Suarez and Ariel Reyboyras, as well the principal, Marcey Sorensen, spoke to the audience. Jose E. Lopez, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, addressed the meaning of the Three Kings in the Puerto Rican and Latin American context. Several members of the Latin American Motocycles Association (L.A.M.A.) also spoke about their contribution to the celebration. The members of L.A.M.A., under the leadership of Toys for Tots, annually collect the toys, which are distributed during the Three Kings days in Humboldt Park. Following the program, hundreds of youngsters received gifts from the Three Kings of L.A.M.A.
Members of L.A.M.A. and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center then moved to the Humboldt Park Field House where the same program was held.